1st Edition

Reconstituting the Market

By Paul Hare, Judy Batt Copyright 1999

    Reconstituting the Market details many transition economies - some already well known, others enjoying very little attention from researchers - and a range of important issues to do with state building and its links with microeconomic transformation. The book was based on the authors' view that transition in the new states would be fundamentally more difficult than in more established states - a view which turned out to be incorrect, since in all the transition countries the former communist state had to be largely rebuilt as part of the complex process of constructing a market economy. Aspects of this process, focusing on competition policy, privatization, and the regulation of public utilities, are examined in respect to Central Europe, the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. The result is essential reading for anyone seeking an up-to-date account of key transition issues, covering both familiar and unfamiliar countries.

    Notes on Contributors, 1. Introduction, PART I: CONCEPTUAL ISSUES, 2. The Political Context: Building New States, 3. Regulatory Institutions and Regulatory Policy for Telecommunications in Economies in Transition: Some Issues and an Illustration, 4. The Present Challenges of Competition Law and Policy in Central Eastern Europe, PART II: CENTRAL EUROPE, 5. Employee Ownership in Polish Privatizations, 6. Political Economy of Privatization in Hungary: A Progress Report, 7. Privatization in the Czech Republic, 8. The Slovak Republic: Macroeconomic Success and Lagging Microeconomic Reform—How Long Can it Last?, 9. Economic Competition in the Transitional Slovak Economy: Creation, Promotion or Protection?, PART III: THE BALTICS, 10. The Political Economy of Privatization in Estonia, 11. Privatization and Regulation of Public Utilities in Latvia, 12. Concentration of Capital in the Process of Voucher Privatization in Lithuania, PART IV: THE CIS, 13. Privatization and Restructuring in Russia: A Review and Micro Evidence from St Petersburg, 14. Privatization in Ukraine: Stages, Actors and Outcomes, 15. Should Competition Authorities be Concerned about Monopoly Pricing? The Example of Ukraine, 16. Enterprise Restructuring in Ukraine, 17. The Political Economy of State-Building in Moldova, PART V OUTCOMES, 18. The Institutional Framework of Privatization and Competition in Economies in Transition (Overview), Index


    Hare, Paul; Batt, Judy

    " As we might expect from a volume edited by three of the leading authorities on post-communist transformation, this is a stimulating contribution to the literature on change occurring in the region."